While being focused on the Islamic State and the President’s vacation and such, you may have missed the important fact that Arseny Yatseniuk remains as Prime Minister of the Ukraine. You may recall that he resigned the post after the Rada rebuked his policies toward Russia, yet they refused to accept his resignation. The Ukraine PM is highly likeable and seems to make a lot of sense, so it is a good thing that he remains to stabilize the government.
In a Reuters report, PM Yarseniuk warned that “Russia plans to block gas flows to Europe.” Europeans should have already seen this coming. This is a “been there done that moment” because it happened in 2006 and 2009 to some degree.
The only viable alternative is for Europe to aggressively embrace renewable energy sources and to transform their economy to a new sustainable paradigm. That is the global challenge. Instances such as this where rogue nations hold the free world hostage will force the issue.
Historically, this is the stuff that makes wars happen. Now, there are alternatives and the longer the free world dithers, noticeably the United States, the greater propensity for war and violence. The free world needs leadership and that must come from the President and Congress of the U.S. where government is hopelessly gridlocked.
“Ukraine's PM says Russia plans to block gas flows to Europe
KIEV Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:04am EDT
(Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday that Kiev knew of plans by Russia to halt gas flows this winter to Europe, in comments which are likely to escalate the standoff between Moscow and the West.
Russia halted gas supplies to Ukraine in June over a gas pricing dispute, but it has continued supplies to Europe, its largest market.
"The situation in (Ukraine's) energy sector is difficult. We know of Russia's plans to block (gas) transit even to European Union countries this winter," he told a government meeting.
Yatseniuk did not say how he knew about the Russian plans.
Last year, half of Russian gas exports to the EU were shipped via Ukraine. Russian gas exporter Gazprom declined immediate comment and the Energy Ministry was not immediately available to comment.
Russian gas supplies via Ukraine to Europe were disrupted in the winters of 2006 and 2009 because of pricing disagreements between Russia and Ukraine.
The latest gas pricing dispute is closely intertwined with a bigger standoff between Moscow and Kiev.”
(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Louise Heavens)”